Sleep regression happens with almost every child at some point. The most common phases are 4 months, 9 months, 12 months, and 18 months. 18 Months is the mack daddy of them all. Because you baby is now more cognitive at 18 months, they are aware that they are ALONE & can cry, scream, jump up and down, throw things, and yell MAMA till you come and sooth them back to sleep. Sleep regression is when your baby who was sleeping just fine suddenly doesn’t want to sleep anymore and makes your life miserable.
For the last month, my daughter, who was a solid sleeper through the night since she was 6 months old (with the exception of the occasional sleep regression milestone that lasted at most 2 weeks), decided she didn’t want to be put down in her crib pretty much ever. She refused to be put down for naps as well as bed time. She only wants me to rock her till the point where my butt is numb and I start hearing voices in the sounds of the rocking chair creaking. If she was super exhausted and couldn’t fight it anymore, she would be put down, then wake up hours later screaming & throwing a tantrum. I even got the point where I said, “ok, I’m fine with putting her in bed and letting her sleep with us.” Yeah, right. That did not work. When she would get in bed with us, she just wanted to talk & play rather than sleep. If I try to let her cry it out in her crib, she just throws a tantrum for a few minutes, lays down as if to recharge her batteries for a minute, then gets up and screams even louder.
If your child is going through this right now, RELAX….it’s completely NORMAL!!!! That’s the good news. I feel like my brain is fried right now. When your kid isn’t sleeping, they aren’t just tired….they’re ANGRY. They throw tantrums easily, they don’t want to eat as much, and they are pretty much unpredictable and terrifying. The good news is, it will pass. In the past, if Pearl’s sleep regressed, It would always resolve itself within a couple weeks. The truly shitty part of the 18 month regression is that it usually lasts 2 months. So, yes, you will be completely sleep deprived and feel like you have a newborn for 2 months. I’m at the one month mark, now. It also seems that my friends with babies Pearl’s age are going through the same thing. Bless them!
Pearl and her best friend Olive who is the same age and also struggling with sleep
Feel free to comment in the comments section with advice, support, and help for other moms who are going through this same thing! Share your stories with us, mommas.
I have gone through countless brands of this and that trying to find which products work the best. Here are some of my favorites that I buy over and over again.
1. California Baby Calendula Cream
I wouldn’t say that Pearl has eczema, but she does get dry, rough patches on her legs. I use this thick calendula cream on her every night after her bath, and her skin is PERFECT until I run out. It never fails: when I run out of this stuff, her dry patches come back no matter which other lotion I use. It is really good, natural, and well worth every penny.
2. Dolphin Organics Body Wash & Shampoo
Love a good shampoo & body wash duo that is TEAR FREE. If you’ve ever gotten soap in your kid’s eye, you know how crucial it is to have tear free stuff. I love this one because it smells awesome & has no artificial ingredients. Plus, It’s a really good size bottle so you get your money’s worth.
3. My Dentist’s Choice Infant Tooth Wipes
The notion of brushing an infant’s teeth with a toothbrush seems so insane to me. I tried it a couple times & until Pearl stops trying to eat the toothpaste and throw the brush away, I use these tooth wipes. I can really get in there and wipe the crud off those chompers. Oh, and there’s nothing weird or unsafe in them.
4. Zoli Sippy Cup
This is the cup of all cups. The tiny straw makes it so easy for a baby who’s learning to drink from a sippy. What’s up with the HUGE thick straws that other brands have?! These cups don’t leak. I’ve been using mine for a year and they’re just starting to show signs of wear & tear. The kid can drink upright or tip the cup upside down, the liquid will still come out. It’s like magic.
5. Poopy Tush Spray
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 TBS Liquid Castile Soap
2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (and or Orange Essential Oil)
1 cup Water
Making several bottles of this was honestly one of the best things I ever did as a mom! I got the recipe from my friend Regan’s BLOG . It only requires a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry, and it’s a life saver. Let’s be honest, baby wipes don’t get all of the “fibers” and “enzymes” of poo off of the skin, especially when your kid starts eating solids. You simply spray a couple of sprays of this stuff on the tush and wipe as normal. It literally cuts changing time in half & it’s like the baby’s butt has been washed REALLY clean! I keep a bottle next to the changing table, one downstairs, and one in my diaper bag. It is a MUST have.